With only hours to go until Halloween, we couldn’t resist sharing a few Bucks County ghost stories. Check out a few of the scariest happenings:
The Black Bass Inn (Lumberville)
This inn was built in the mid-1700’s, said to originally be a safe haven for travelers and a center for Loyalists during the Revolution. In the early 1800’s a group of men arrived in the area to build a canal. The owner at that time was stabbed to death in an altercation with these canal workers. Legend has it that the owner haunts the Black Bass Inn.
Bucks County Community College (Newtown)
The ghost of a woman has been seen in Tyler Hall on the campus. The identity of the ghost is believed to be Stella Tyler, a former administrator, and the building’s namesake.
Mercer Museum (Doylestown)
This castle-like fortress in Doylestown was once the home of Henry Mercer and is now a fascinating museum filled with various kinds of objects from his travels and archaeological studies. Fonthill, built between 1908 and 1912, is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms. Legend has it that Fonthill is haunted by a housekeeper still going about her duties.
The George School (Newtown)
The prestigious high school located in Newtown has a reputation for being haunted. The Tate House, which is part of the campus and houses some of the teaching staff, was built in 1756 by Anthony Tate. His son, Dr. James Tate, inherited the house in 1781. During the Revolutionary War, Dr. James Tate is said to have dug up the body of a soldier who had died of a disease, wanting to dissect the body. Afterwards, he buried the remains in a shallow grave dug into the floor of his basement.
Legend has it that to this day, every time one walks over the grave with a lighted candle, the flame will blow out. When the person is standing in the dark, they hear footsteps run up the stairs and across the hallway to the front door, as if trying to escape.
Strayer College (Bensalem)
Formerly Eastern State School and Hospital, Strayer is rumored to be haunted due to unfair treatment and killing of patients. Stories have been told of doors slamming shut in former patient’s rooms and a figure of a mysterious man following you down the halls. The mysterious 4th floor is said to be extremely haunted and the former morgue chillingly cold.
The Van Sant Bridge (New Hope)
The story goes- a young woman without a husband but with child was thrown out of her house by her parents. The father of the baby abandoned her, and she became severely depressed. She decided to throw herself off the Van Sant Bridge, with her baby in her arms. The legend says that to this day, when you stand on the bridge, you can hear the baby crying.
Logan Inn (New Hope)
The Logan Inn is rumored to have four ghosts. If you stay in room six, watch out for a man’s reflection in the mirror which disappears when you look around. Two children are also said to stay in this room sometimes. A Revolutionary War soldier wanders about the Inn, taking refuge in different rooms including the bar, the basement, and the dining room. A portrait of a woman who enjoyed wearing lavender perfume hangs in a hallway, and many claim that they can still smell the scent when they pass by it. For men who wish to use the restroom, be wary if the steps leading to the one in the basement: it is believed that a man in knee breeches waits on them. And in the parking lot, a little girl who was known to have drowned some time ago lurks in the shadows.
Craven Hall (Warminster)
A young man dressed in 1700’s clothing has been seen through the windows of the first floor. He also bangs on windows late at night as if trying to escape. It is believed that the body of the young soldier is buried on the grounds of Craven Hall.